Psychology is the scientific study of people: how they think, act, react and interact. It is concerned with all aspects of behaviour (normal and abnormal) and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour.

Psychology at Glasgow is ranked second in the UK for excellence (Guardian University Guide 2015).

Programme structure

Years 1 and 2

You will study the way the brain controls behaviour and thought, the role of modern imaging techniques in studying the brain and the psychology of how groups interact. You will learn about the main areas of psychology: developmental, social, cognitive, brain and behaviour, experimental design and statistics, abnormal, perception and visual cognition, individual differences and applied psychology.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Degrees in Arts, Life Sciences, Science and Social Sciences.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4), in year 3 you will take courses in cognition, human development, perception and visual cognition, individual differences, professional skills (employability), social psychology, statistics and physiological psychology.

In year 4 you will choose from a large number of options ranging from brain imaging techniques to the application of psychology to forensics, therapeutic interventions and employment. You will also complete a major piece of research. This research may be lab-based (eg using one of our eyetrackers or specialised computer software) or carried out in the ‘real world’ of organisations, schools or hospitals. 

Our international links

In year 3 you may be able to study in a university abroad through our exchange programme. Honours students can also apply for course-related summer work placements in Europe.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2016

BSc, MA, MA (SocSci)


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: BSc: Must include Mathematics and one other science subject. MA Arts: Must include Mathematics and at least one arts, humanities or language subject. MA (SocSci): Must include Mathematics, and either English or a humanities subject.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 Entry Requirement = AAAAB. S6 Entry Requirement = AAAAAA (S6 Entry requirements only apply to applicants who achieved the minimum S5 entry requirements and have been made a conditional offer.)
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: Applicants who achieve less than AAAAB in S5 but achieved at least AABB MAY receive an offer based on S6 results. A decision will be made in March 2016.
  • Other mandatory requirements: BSc: Must include Mathematics and one other science subject, at grades A/B or B/A. MA Arts: Must include English and either a humanities subject or language at grades A/B or B/A. Must also include Mathematics at grade B or above. MA (SocSci): Must include either English or a humanities subject at grades A or B. Must also include Mathematics at grade B or above.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Other mandatory requirements: Must include 3 Higher Level subjects at 6,6,6. BSc: Mathematics and one other science subject are required at HL6 or SL7. Maths studies is not acceptable for entry. MA Arts: Mathematics, English and a humanities subject or language are required at HL6 or SL7. Maths studies is not acceptable for entry. MA (SocSci): Mathematics, English and a humanities subject or language are required at HL6 or SL7. Maths studies is not acceptable for entry.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Psychology European Requirements [pdf]

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Human Biology
  • Information Systems
  • Managing Environmental Resources
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science (Double Syllabus)
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

Psychologists are probably best known for their work in the health and education services, but psychology graduates can be found in almost any area of life. 

A psychology degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities, and new growth areas include counselling and occupational psychology. The main career areas are:

  • clinical psychologists, working in health and care settings 
  • counselling psychologists, in private practice and commercial settings 
  • educational psychologists, in local education authorities, schools and special schools 
  • forensic psychologists, working in penal establishments, special hospitals and with young offenders 
  • health psychologists, working in hospitals, health authorities and health research departments 
  • neuropsychologists, helping people with brain injury 
  • occupational psychologists, in management, personnel, training, selection and careers services 
  • research and teaching in institutions of higher education.


This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society. Graduates who complete with at least second class Honours in the Psychology Component, would achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is a first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Degrees and UCAS codes

Which Psychology degree?

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:


  • KIS
    Psychology: C800
  • KIS
    Psychology and Neuroscience: 24R9
  • KIS
    Computing Science/Psychology: CG84
  • KIS
    Mathematics/Psychology: CG81
  • KIS
    Physiology/Psychology: BC18
  • KIS
    Psychology/Statistics: CG83


  • KIS
    Psychology: C801
  • KIS
    Archaeology/Psychology: CV84
  • KIS
    Celtic Civilisation/Psychology: CQV5
  • KIS
    Celtic Studies/Psychology: CQ85
  • KIS
    Classics/Psychology: CQ88
  • KIS
    Digital Media & Information Studies/Psychology: GC5V
  • KIS
    English Language/Psychology: CQ8J
  • French/Psychology: CR81
  • German/Psychology: CR82
  • KIS
    History of Art/Psychology: CVV3
  • KIS
    History/Psychology: CV81
  • KIS
    Music/Psychology: CW83
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Psychology: CVV5
  • KIS
    Portuguese/Psychology : 3H2N
  • KIS
    Psychology/Scottish History: CVW2
  • KIS
    Psychology/Scottish Literature: CQ82
  • KIS
    Psychology/Spanish: 8U9K
  • KIS
    Psychology/Theatre Studies: CW84
  • KIS
    Psychology/Theology & Religious Studies: CV86


  • KIS
    Psychology: C802
  • Psychology with Gaelic Language: Q5C8
  • KIS
    Archaeology/Psychology: VC48
  • Business & Management/Psychology: CN82
  • KIS
    Business Economics/Psychology: LC18
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Psychology: RG68
  • KIS
    Classics/Psychology: QC88
  • KIS
    Computing Science/Psychology: CGV4
  • KIS
    Economic & Social History/Psychology: CV83
  • KIS
    Economics/Psychology: CL81
  • KIS
    History/Psychology: VC18
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Psychology: CV85
  • KIS
    Politics/Psychology: CL82
  • KIS
    Psychology/Public Policy: LC48
  • KIS
    Psychology/Scottish History: CVV2
  • KIS
    Psychology/Sociology: LC38

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.